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Mexican National extradited to U.S. for sex trafficking case

February 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican National extradited to U.S. for sex trafficking case

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One of the most sought after suspects involved in a major sex trafficking case has been extradited from Mexico to the U.S.

Raul Granados-Rendon, 30, was extradited to the U.S. with the assistance of Homeland Security and the Mexican Federal Police, after being on the federal list of top 10 most-wanted human traffickers.

According to a statement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, approximately 13 members of the Granados organization have been indicted on sex trafficking charges in New York, with Granados-Rendon being the most recent.

“This individual is one of many who helped run a sex trafficking organization that was responsible for smuggling numerous women into the U.S. where they were forced to work as prostitutes against their will,” Special Agent Melendez with HSI New York indicated in a press release.

Raul Granados-Rendon pleaded not guilty to 21 charges. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison. (DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY)

“This extradition, the latest chapter in our case against the Granados sex trafficking organization, demonstrates our resolve to seek justice for victims of modern-day slavery,” U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert Capers stated. “We will not rest until those who seek to profit from the slavery of others are brought to justice.”

Granados-Rendon is now facing 21 counts of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy along with predicate acts of sex trafficking by force, coercion and fraud, the sex trafficking of minors, alien smuggling, and interstate prostitution.

The Granados sex trafficking enterprise, with the reported involvement of Granados-Rendon, has smuggled young women into the U.S. and then forced them to work as hookers in NY and other regions.

The organization’s members in the sex trafficking case allegedly procured young, uneducated women and then forced them into prostitution in Mexico.

The Granados organization collects all of the proceeds earned by the victims’. If work was rejected, members of the group would beat, sexually assault, and threaten their family back in Mexico, prosecutors revealed.

“HSI special agents have identified and rescued 20 additional victims, all Mexican nationals, and arrested over a dozen other traffickers, all members or associates of the Granados family,” the news release added.

 

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